A week at Philmont is the ultimate family vacation

The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)
The Villa Philmonte (photo by "the third dream" on Flickr)

My first visit to Philmont was for one of the training center’s stellar family programs. It wasn’t my last.

During that week there, I met new friends, hiked in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and became inspired to return to Philmont again and again.

While my mom, older sister, and I enjoyed separate programs designed for our age group, my dad participated in one of the Training Center’s innovative conference sessions.

Looking back now, I’m grateful that my dad decided to bring the whole gang to Philmont. It was one of our best family vacations.

And besides, why should Dad get to have all the fun?

This year, the Philmont Training Center’s family programs are back for another fun-filled summer. So if you’re registered for a summer conference, don’t forget to bring your family.

The family programs are for everyone—from infants to spouses—and are led by trained, experienced staff members.

The fees for the family programs are more than reasonable and include conference materials, meals, and lodging:

  • Conference attendees, $470
  • Spouses, $340
  • Kids 14-20, $285
  • Kids 6-13, $225
  • Kids 5 and under, $180
  • Mountain trek, $345
  • NAYLE, $355

Compare those prices to a week at Disney World, for example, and you’ll see that it’s a great deal. And as an added bonus: You won’t find hourlong lines or crowded buses at Philmont.

Ready to sign up? Go to MyScouting and click on the “Events Reservation” tab. For more information, check out the PTC Web site or give them a call at 575-376-2281.


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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.